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Sunday, May 30, 2021

1942 Ford One-and-a-Half Ton


From Reid Cunningham: "This one I know much more about, since it was mine up until yesterday. Originally a Pepsi delivery truck in Rochester NY, then sold to a farm in Pittsford NY where it was used for decades to haul potatoes from the fields each harvest season. I bought it around 2000 as a non-running parts truck for my '42 pickup I have owned since high school. I literally bought I because it had two unbroken Ford scripts on the hood. They were only made briefly for the 1942 trucks before the US entered the war. To save materials all later trucks had the Ford name stamped in the hood. I played around with the flathead V8 and got it running. Then I no longer thought of it as a parts truck. I have moved it among the 3 houses we owned in Pittsford with the hopes of restoring my pickup and then this larger truck.
With a change of jobs and a relocation to New Hampshire long delayed because of the pandemic, it was time to let some things go. I couldn't bear to give up on my pickup yet (it is completely disassembled for restoration) but the big truck has been passed along. I kept the hood but posted this for free on a Facebook group that is for fans of these 1942-47 Ford trucks. The new owner already had the engine turning over and is hoping to have it running soon. When it left for another upstate NY town east of Rochester, it was the first time since new that the truck has been out of Monroe County NY. I was sad to see it go, but grateful to have it in the hands of someone that wants to bring it back to life and avoid the scrap yard. Life moves on..."
AL: Speaking of wartime wheels, how about this 1941 Heavy Chevy (Special Deluxe)?

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